Money, Spin and the Texas Governor's Race: Wendy Davis Still Unlikely to Win


Moreover, 2014 is an off-year election without the cache of a presidential race to draw those more reluctant voters to the polls. This partially explains the Tea Party wave in 2010 -- conservatives were anxious to go to the polls, younger voters stayed home. This is not good for Davis as she is trying to broaden a coalition of voters.

After gaining national prominence for filibustering an abortion bill that was eventually going to pass anyways -- and ask yourself why you had a different reaction to her filibuster versus Ted Cruz's megalomaniac filibuster on a bill that had already been passed and tested in the courts -- she sponsored a bill that would legalize sobriety checkpoints, but never passed. She has introduced a number of bills, but even her own website only talks about a few of them. What is more, Davis has some skeletons in her closet vis-a-vis the law firm she runs and awarding contracts for public works. And now there are reports that she is publishing her memoir next fall. While this is a typical rite of passage for politicians seeking higher office, one wonders how thick this volume will be: what exactly has Wendy Davis accomplished? (And as an aside, who buys self-serving drivel like this from any politician?).

Would Davis be a better governor than Abbott? Yes, even though Texas is known for having a weak executive, Abbott is "severely" conservative. Is Davis perhaps a more energetic and charismatic candidate than the tripe Texas Democrats have offered up in the past? Yes. Is Davis likely positioning herself for future campaigns and making a state-wide name? Yes, and that's fine.

But 2014 won't be the year the Democrats recapture the governorship.


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woodbyorsi
woodbyorsi

Hard work???....You used a man with money to get what you needed and dropped him like a hot light bulb when you were done!...I call that a user politician!

woodbyorsi
woodbyorsi

A liberal woman that lies on the campaign trail????  Who would have thunk?

Puller58
Puller58 topcommenter

Thank you for this.  It's been a while since Ann Richards was in office, and Molly Ivins is gone. (Wendy's recent kerfluffel over her "past" brings back memories of Lena Guerreo. Not a good thing.)  The day of the yellow dog Democrats is gone.

KHorn
KHorn

@woodbyorsi Come on, she had to struggle for a couple of years as a single mother before her sugar daddy came along. What does 30 years as a paraplegic have on that when it comes to life difficulties.

roguebotanist
roguebotanist

@KHorn@roguebotanist 

Can I get the address for that po-dunk community college your went to.  Also the specific course on bullshitting your resume.  I think I'll call myself Mongolian and say I have five degrees from Stanford.  Then I can bitch about lower class people to feel good about my conservative exceptionalism.  

KHorn
KHorn

@roguebotanist@KHorn Not surprised you're a racist, it explains a lot.  I'm not complaining about her academic success, just her lying about how she paid for it (or for her law school, how she didn't).  Oh, for the record, my wife and I are Polynesian, so good work dumb white man.  

KHorn
KHorn

@roguebotanist My wife and I were married when we started college, paid our own way with jobs, grants and scholarships (no sugar daddy for us) and had two kids.  Lived in apartments, not trailers, and didn't get the Harvard degree, but did manage between us to get three degrees from UT, one from Georgetown and one from Johns Hopkins, so I'd say we managed to outperform old whiny Wendy.  Now, why don't you let me know when you grow up.

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